Double standard: The notion that women are supposed to feel or behave differently from men
where sexual matters are concerned.
Heteronormativity: The social institutions, practices, and norms that support an automatic
assumption that other people are or should be heterosexual.
Heterosexism: Abelief in the moral superiority of heterosexual institutions and practices.
Heterosexuality: Asexual or romantic attraction to people of the opposite sex.
Homophobia: An overt or covert hostility toward gay and lesbian people, sometimes stemming
from an irrational fear or hatred of homosexuals.
Homosexuality: Asexual or romantic attraction to people of the same sex; in males, called
‘homosexuality’and in females, ‘lesbianism’.
Homosociality: Asocial preference for members of one’s own gender.
Paraphilia: Any sexual deviation or departure from the norm.
Pornography: The explicit description or exhibition of sexual activity in literature, films, or
elsewhere, intended to stimulate erotic, rather than aesthetic, feelings.
Prostitution: The provision of sexual services for reward, usually money.
Sex: Both the biological characteristics that define a person as male or female and the act of
Sexual infidelity: Sexual relations between a married (or cohabiting) person and someone other
than his or her spouse.
Sexuality: Feelings of sexual attraction and any behaviours related to them.
Sexual scripts: The guidelines that describe socially acceptable ways of behaving when
engaging in sexual activities.
Sexuality is a product of social context
Functionalists maintain prostitution actually promotes social cohesion
Social structure is